One of the most singular wines I’m able to taste each year is unquestionably the l’Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier and it certainly lives up to the billing in 2015. Offering what I can only describe as a liquid rock (a liqueur of rocks?) character intermixed with notes of buttered citrus, pineapple, smoked meats, charcoal and toast, the 2015 Ermitage l’Ermite is full-bodied, decadent and locked and loaded on the palate. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and I suspect will keep for half a century. (JD)
Bright and pure, with a beautiful core of white peach, heather, yellow apple, star fruit and mirabelle plum notes backed by light citrus oil and verbena threads on the finish. Shows energy and tension throughout, with depth in reserve thanks to a long quinine echo at the end. Really stunning. Drink now through 2040. (JM)
Bright gold. Powerful, mineral-accented orange pith, honeydew melon, nectarine and iodine scents show superb focus and vivacity. Displays an impressive blend of depth and finesse, offering deeply concentrated yet lithe citrus and pit fruit, honey and musky truffle flavors complemented by a subtle anise quality. Finishes remarkably long, delivering emphatic mineral cut and lift and suave, lingering floral and mineral notes. (JR)
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